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Here's Why Obama Said The U.S. Is 'Less Racially Divided'

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 4:00am

The president says incidents in the past year have "surfaced" long-simmering issues between minority communities and authorities, allowing for a healthy airing of grievances.

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The Fleeting Obsessions Of The White House Press Corps

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03am

From the VA and Secret Service scandals to Ebola, each week brought another hot issue into the White House briefing room. Here's a look at just how short the press corps' attention span was in 2014.

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Big Question For 2015: Will The Supreme Court Rule On Abortion?

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:57am

States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.

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Rep. Grimm To Resign After Guilty Plea On Tax Charge

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:02am

In a statement reported by CBS and The Associated Press, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, said he would resign effective Jan. 5. Grimm pleaded guilty last week to filing a false tax return.

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Incoming House Majority Whip In Hot Water Over Speech Allegations

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:50pm

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise's office says he addressed a gathering but didn't know the ideology of the group founded by former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke.

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Activists Say 2014 'A Super Banner Year' For Same-Sex Marriage

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:11pm

A year ago, same-sex marriage was legal in 18 states and Washington, D.C. Now that number is up to 35 states, and there's a strong possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the issue in 2015.

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Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:56am

The GOP will take over both chambers of Congress on January 6th, with issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, Obamacare and immigration reform likely to take priority.

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Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:54am

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep's wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care and extending democracy in the Middle East.

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Obama Finds Reset Button With 2 Years To Go: Is It Too Late?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:01am

The president knows he was once regarded as having limitless promise, and realizes as well how disappointed many of his acolytes have been.

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Despite Election Defeat, Obama Sees Room To Push His Agenda

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 4:00am

President Obama begins his administration's final phase the way he began several others: recovering from disaster, in this case the loss of the Senate. He's striving to show he won't be a lame duck.

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Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 8:29am

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.

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To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 6:37am

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will or will not work with the 114th Congress.

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In The Nation's Capital, A Signature Soup Stays On The Menu

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the "world's greatest deliberative body."

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Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege Revealed By Sony Hack

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:03am

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:23am

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 4:11am

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama, most federal workers are also off on Friday. The cost for the extra day off is $660 million.

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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:33am

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.

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Obama Hits The Links With Malaysia's Prime Minister

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 12:42am

What do two world leaders do when they find themselves on the same Hawaiian island on Christmas Eve? If you're President Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Razak, you meet on the golf course.

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What To Expect In The 2016 Presidential Announcement Season

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

With Jeb Bush signaling he's likely to run for president in 2016, it's another sign that the presidential announcement season is underway. Here's a look at who has jumped in the race early and what to expect in the coming months.

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